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Special Symposium in Memory of James P. Gordon

Sponsored by

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Department of Physics, Columbia University
The OSA Foundation

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Presented Monday, 9 June 2014

Symposium Organizers

René-Jean Essiambre, Bell Labs - Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Herwig Kogelnik, Bell Labs - Alcatel-Lucent, USA
Susie Gordon

James P. Gordon, one of the founding fathers of quantum electronics, passed away on June 21, 2013. This symposium celebrates his work and life.

Distinguished speakers, including close collaborators of Jim, will recount some of his numerous scientific and technical contributions. These include the discovery of the maser (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), work on the "optical maser" (laser), the birth of quantum information theory, the theory of the confocal resonator, fundamentals of laser cooling and trapping, the first solitons in optical fibers and the theory of optical soliton communication systems. The speakers will share anecdotes with the audience and provide historical reminiscences. We will also learn about the singular philosophy that guided Jim's work, an inspiration to us all. This symposium is a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections from colleagues about their work with Jim.

Read about personal recollections featured in the May issue of Optics & Photonics News.


Donate to the James P. Gordon Memorial Endowment

James P. Gordon Memorial SpeakershipEstablished in 2014 with the support of the Gordon family, The James P. Gordon Memorial Endowment will fund a speakership on Quantum Information and Quantum Optics to a CLEO invited speaker.  The recipient’s presentation will be recorded and made available online as an educational resource for the next generation of optics and photonics leaders. This program is a tribute to Dr. Gordon for his outstanding contributions in the field of Quantum Optics.

To learn more about this program and make a donation visit www.osa.org/gordon